Phenomenon 32 FAQ

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Q: What kind of game is this?

A: I don’t really like to categorize games too much, but I suppose you could call it a kind of “Metroidvania” game, if that rather odd term means something to you. It’s a platformer with RPG elements and a heavy emphasis on exploration. But don’t play it expecting Metroid of Castlevania, because you’ll be disappointed.

Q: The game is too hard! What do I do?

A: Play more slowly. Take your time, and be careful – you’re not up against a time limit, and rushing doesn’t help.

Q: The game is too easy! What do I do?

A: Play with your eyes closed.

Q: Why are the system requirements so high?

A: There’s a variety of reasons. The game was developed in Construct, which is a game creation kit, and not a programming language – and is thus slower. It’s also got quite a bit going on in each of its levels, and uses some rather gigantic image files. Sorry. I can’t do anything about this.

Q: The game crashed!

A: I have unfortunately been forced to accept that the current version is unstable on some systems, and won’t be able to do anything about this for a while. I’m more sorry about this than you can imagine, but there’s not much I can do at the moment. Do drop me a line if you think I might be able to help, though.

If the game is only crashing when you start it up the first time, and then runs perfectly, try installing it outside Program Files.

Q: How long is this game?

A: It’s not tiny. I wouldn’t classify it as a casual game. I can’t really guess at the number of hours it takes to finish – it depends on your style – but I don’t think you’ll be finishing it in one session. If you just want a quick fix, something else might be better for you.

Q: I liked this game! What can I do to support it?

A: Right now, I’ll be perfectly happy if you say some nice things about it, or support my other projects.

Q: I hated this game! What can I do about that?

A: Relax a bit. Then go play Metroid II. If you don’t like Metroid II, you cannot be helped. Consider getting a job at the Daily Mail.

Q: I can’t find the way to Dryanovo!

A: That’s because it’s an idiotic place. Here’s how you get there:

To get to Dryanovo, you need to find the exit in the upper left corner of the marshes at 1232|1056. That should reveal an anomaly, which leads to an underground shelter. The shelter in turn has an exit that can only be opened with the plasma weapon, which leads to a series of areas that ultimately get you to Dryanovo.

Q: I have another question!

A: Send me an email, or leave me a comment. I try to be helpful, I really do.

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